Improvement continuing to show for young Granite Hills team

The most fight from Granite Hills High School volleyball team came in the last set of their 3-0 loss to Robert F. Kennedy High School Monday evening.

Playing at home, the Grizzlies were already down two sets but continued to battle.

Granite held a 5-1 lead until an error andtwo aces from Kennedy made it a one-point game. The set remained like that, with ties and no-lead larger than one, until the Thunderbirds were able to push their lead to 15-10. But an RFK hit out, two aces from Reyna Ennis and a kill from Chloe Allee cut Kennedy's lead back to one.

The Thunderbirds were able to get another 6-point lead but the Grizzlies didn't let up. Trailing 20-14, Granite (0-3) played solid up front and took advantage of Kennedy's mistakes to score seven of the next nine points and were down just 22-21.

Unfortunately, the Grizzlies were able to score only one more point and lost 25-22. They lost the first two sets 25-12 and 25-16, respectively.

Granite's Ennis finished with eight digs, three aces and two kills while Daisy Martinez had three solo blocks, two digs one assist and one kill. Lizbeth Ceballos finished with five digs and four solo blocks; Allee had three kills and two solo blocks; Chloe Ross had three digs and three assists; and Joselyn Oriz had three digs and one assist. Aaliyah McDowell had two assists and libero Marissa Montejano had seven digs.

Granite's biggest issue of the match was on their serve receive where they struggled to play the ball well. It became problematic in the second match in which they trailed 7-1 to start after giving up five aces.

“We have a really hard time moving our feet,” GHHS head coach Stacie Nagy. “We think that there's glue on our feet sometimes. We just lean and go to the sides. It's (just)...they're young. They're young girls and they're progressing like I need them too.”

The Grizzlies only returned two players from last season after graduating nine players.

“Last week we were really, really rough,” Nagy said. “We tried to learn a new rotation but a lot of them aren't used (to it). I have a good rotation in that I want them to get used too. But they're doing well with it so. And that's all I can ask. Honestly, it's just a slow process but they're getting better.”

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